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Students with ties to Oklahoma may be excited to know that there are a number of scholarships that may help them make a college education more affordable. Some of these awards are geared specifically towards students who are permanent residents of Oklahoma. Other scholarships are open to students from other states who attend a college or university in the State of Oklahoma. The best way for students to determine whether they qualify for any state or federal funding is to complete the FAFSA application. In addition to this application, students may also want to obtain additional application forms from the college or university they want to attend. Frequently, colleges are able to offer institution specific awards. If you are still seeking some free money to help you fund your studies, check out these Oklahoma scholarships:
George and Donna Nigh Public Service Scholarships were created to help Oklahoma students who intend to work in the public service field. Each institution in OK may nominate one student per year. In order to be eligible, students must be residents of OK and be a currently enrolled undergraduate student. Students must be majoring in a degree program related to public service and must have shown academic excellence. Additional information about this award can be found here: http://www.okhighered.org/.
Geraldine “Polly” Bednash Scholarship provides two awards to nursing students. These awards provide $5,000 worth of funding. In order to be eligible, students must hold at least a 3.2 grade point average and be admitted to a nursing program. Students are required to write a short essay that outlines their goals and career plans prior to the December 31st deadline. Additional information can be found here: http://www.ucango2.org/Scholarships.html.
Oklahoma State regents Academic Scholars Program provides awards of varying amounts. These awards may be used to help defray the cost of tuition, textbooks, room and board, and other educational expenses for up to four years. These awards are open to both OK and non-residents who have been designated at National Merit Scholars, U.S. Presidential Scholar, or a National Merit Finalist. Oklahoma residents may also be eligible for the award if they score in the 99.5 percentile on either the SAT or the ACT. Individual colleges and universities may nominate students who meet these criteria. Additional information about these awards can be found here: https://secure.okcollegestart.org/Financial_Aid_Planning/Scholarships/Academic_Scholarships/Academic_Scholars_Program.aspx.
Oklahoma National Guard Tuition Waiver provides funding for OK students to attend college in exchange for service to the National Guard. The award will cover up to the full amount of tuition. In order to be eligible, students must be a member of the National Guard by the time the semester begins. They must also be residents of OK and must not already possess a four-year degree. Additional information can be found here: http://www.okhighered.org/.
Oklahoma Tuition Equalization Grant Program provides awards up to $2,000 to students who demonstrate critical need. In order to be eligible, students must be a first-time freshman from OK. The family income of the student must be less than $50,000. Additional information can be found here: http://www.okhighered.org/.
Author: Jeff Gitlen